Spring 2023 - HSCI 324 D100

Human Population Genetics and Evolution (3)

Class Number: 5638

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Gratien Prefontaine
    ggp1@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-8645
  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 202 with a minimum grade of C-.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Human variation and human health in the context of population genetics, epidemiology, demography, and human evolution.

COURSE DETAILS:

An explanation of human origins, ancestry, diversity, adaptations, and disease risk in the context of genetic variation, evolution, demography and epidemiology. This course is designed to show how human history and health has been and can be influenced by genetic features in the context of a dynamic environment.  Particular attention will be paid to how this and other forms of knowledge can tell the stories of humans and reveal who we are.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

By the end of this course, it is expected that students will be prepared to

  • describe the basic principles of human population genetics
  • explain how different selective and stochastic forces create and shape the distribution of genetic variability in humans
  • explain how evolution’s main components: variation, adaption, competition, and cooperation impact human health and disease
  • describe pioneering human migration events, migration events through time and interaction with subpopulations
  • summarize key elements of peer-reviewed literature through written, visual and oral communication formats
  • evaluate different models and forms of evidence important for human evolution

Grading

  • Course learning project/product 15%
  • Exam I, Human population genetics 25%
  • Exam II, Human evolution and migrations 30%
  • Exam III, Human adaptations 30%

NOTES:

The course will be provided in person with content delivered through Canvas. The lectures with be recorded.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Primary literature and online videos with be delivered on Canvas.

REQUIRED READING:

Who we are and how we got here: ancient DNA and the new science of the human past / David Reich. 

ISBN: 01988211255

RECOMMENDED READING:

Principles of Populations Genetics, 4th Ed. by Hartl and Clark
ISBN: 978-0878933082

Human Evolutionary Genetics; Origins Peoples and Disease, 2nd Ed. by Jobling, Hollox, Hurles, Kivisild, Tyler-Smith
ISBN: 978-0-8153-4148-2

Primer of Population Genetics, by Hartl
ISBN: 978-0878933044

Sapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari.
ISBN: 0062316117

Human population genetics and genomics, by Alan R. Templeton
ISBN: 978-0-12-386025-5

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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